The deep blue sea evoked in Shippo enamel
This dial’s intense blue calls to mind a vast ocean. So, it seems fitting that the art of Owari Shippo was sparked by a blue plate that came to Japan from the Netherlands hundreds of years ago by sea. From there, the craft developed in a Japanese way.
What sets Shippo enamel apart is the way it is polished after firing. The process is made more complex by the fact that each watch dial is a mere one millimeter thick. Master craftsman Wataru Totani and his team repeat a multi-step process of glazing the surface of the dial by hand, firing the dial, and polishing its surface to bring out the distinctive wave pattern. Though slender, this dial has a readily visible depth, like the oceans that inspired its design.
The watch is powered by Caliber 6R27 whose date and power reserve displays add yet another layer of visual intrigue. It is presented in a dark blue leather strap.
All four watches will be available from June 2023 at the Seiko boutiques and select retail partners worldwide. The enamel, Urushi lacquer and Arita porcelain dial watches will be offered as limited editions of 1,500. The Shippo enamel dial watch will be offered as a limited edition of 800.